What is the Dance Passport?

Dancers are highly mobile performers. Without the constraint of language barriers, they are likely to work in many countries throughout their careers and often struggle to make sense of the patchwork of social security, tax and administrative regimes they may have been fallen under in the course of their working lives - making them more vulnerable when it comes to trying to access social rights.


The aim of the Dance Passport is to be a source of support for professional dancers in the context of mobility. It is a union solidarity network for dancers abroad. This scheme allows dancers, who are paid-up union members in their home country, to access local union support and services while working for a short period in any European country where there is a participating union. Thanks to the strong co-operation and partnership between the union members of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), who have joined hands to offer reciprocal support to their members, the Dance Passport promises better information and more comprehensive protection to dancers working in Europe.


By organising key information and making it available through this website, FIA aims to inform dancers about their rights, as well as about the practices and contractual provisions considered an industry standard in the country where they are going to work. The general recognition by our members that dancers are not always properly informed regarding their own rights, has led FIA to conclude that there is real added value in making this type of information easily accessible to professional dancers. More detailed information and additional support can of course be sought directly from the local union.

A bit of history

FIA has a long history of representing dancers, promoting valuable union assistance to those working temporarily abroad, gathering consistent data on their working conditions and sharing good practices. The Dance Passport is a long-term project of the European group of the International Federation of Actors.


It was started in 2001 when the European Commission financed an initial project for the creation of a "Dance Passport" to be used by dancers and choreographers while working abroad for a short period of time. The dual objective of this project was to enhance mobility in the European dance sector and to strengthen co-operation and partnership between unions.


In 2002, the European Commission financed a follow-up project called "Strengthening partnership and enhancing mobility in the live performance sector". The aim of the project was to ensure wider publicity for the scheme by developing an information package targeting dancers and choreographers and creating a dedicated web-page on FIA's website. Unfortunately, despite a strong start after some years, the Dance Passport fell out of use.


Our recent project "Dance Futures: Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector" financed by the European Commission in 2016, has allowed us to kick-start the scheme once more. One of the objectives of this project was to overhaul the Dance Passport system by allowing all participating unions to review and renew their participation in it and by re-imagining the use and format of the scheme to bring it up to date with technological change - switching from a paper-based to a digital format.



Who can benefit from the Dance Passport?

Are you a dancer planning to spend some time in another European country on a temporary work assignment or simply looking out for job opportunities abroad? If so, the Dance Passport is for you.  

The Dance Passport has been designed for professional dancers based in Europe and planning to work for a short period in another European country. Dance will be able to freely access the information available on this website, including the details of a direct contact person within each of the unions participating in the scheme as well as a set of frequently asked questions, which have been carefully answered by the national union. The FAQ should offer a first overview of the working conditions in the national dance sector. For more specific information, advice or any other additional services, the dancer will need to contact the local union and show that he or she is a union member in his/her home country.


After a period of 12 months using the Dance Passport in the country of employment, the dancer will be asked to join the local union and will be able to benefit from its services without any waiting period. 


Even though this tool is not specifically designed for choreographers, they may also find relevant information on this website.

Where can you use the Dance Passport?

The Dance Passport can be used in any European country where there is a participating union. All the members of the International Federation of Actors representing dancers in Europe are currently in the scheme. For more information about the unions and countries participating to the Dance Passport, click here.